Pumpkin Bread

1 cup corn oil

4 beaten eggs

2/3 cup water

2 cups canned pumpkin (a 15-oz. can works)

3 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsps. salt

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsps. baking soda

3 cups sugar

1/2 cup golden raisins, if desired

1/2 cup chopped pecans, if desired

1. Grease and flour 3 standard loaf pans

2. Combine oil, eggs, water and pumpkin in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda and sugar. Mix well. Add raisins and nuts, if desired. Fill prepared pans to just below rims.

4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for at least 1 hour.

Do not remove until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry. Stays moist for days. Makes a great breakfast treat.

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Whether you are an LSU fan, work at LSU or downtown, you can beat the traffic by living in this fully and very nicely furnished one
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Baton Rouge, LA 70820


One Bedroom Condo at The North Gates of LSU

Whether you are an LSU fan, work at LSU or downtown, you can beat the traffic by living in this fully and very nicely furnished one
bedroom condo at the North Gates of LSU! Just think, before the parking lots even begin to move after an LSU home game, you could be home – enjoying a home-cooked meal or dinner from your neighbor VooDoo BBQ! Richly appointed with slab granite countertops, stainless appliances, two FULL baths, high ceilings, FIRST FLOOR level with French doors opening to expand your entertaining area, and across the street from the Natatorium on Nicholson Drive. Secure courtyard area offers parking and outdoor entertaining areas as well. It comes fully furnished! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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Baton Rouge, LA 70820
 


Green bathroom renovations that don’t sacrifice style or luxury

The secret to achieving a pleasing and environmentally friendly bathroom renovation is choosing the right combination of fixtures and accessories – and realizing that the bathroom is one room that’s well worth investing a bit more in to achieve great upgrades that are modern and lasting.

Worth the investment

Bathrooms sell homes. An upscale bathroom remodel that costs around $50,000 will recoup more than 58 percent of its original cost at the time of resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. A mid-range renovation returns even more on your investment – 65 percent.

The bathroom is one room where dollar value also meets aesthetic appeal. Considering how much time Americans spend in the bathroom, and how many of us consider the bath a restful oasis where we can close the door on the 24/7 wired world, it’s easy to justify spending a bit more to achieve the bathroom of your dreams.

Eco-friendly fixtures

Life – and your morning – begins with water. So how do you create an environmentally friendly bathroom that is good for Mother Nature and your own lifestyle?

Start with upscale eco-friendly fixtures that strike the perfect balance between high-end aesthetics, high-performance design, and environmental stewardship. TOTO is the “coolest brand name” in the bathroom, says the influential real estate blog Zillow.com

TOTO product designs are distinctive but adaptable, so they work well with a wide range of styles and architectural expressions. The manufacturer’s elegant 11-inch Rain Showerhead uses a water-sipping 1.75 gallons per minute to deliver a luxurious shower experience and appreciable water savings. And its Keane Lavatory Faucet consumes just 1.5 gallons of water per minute, without sacrificing an ounce of performance.

TOTO toilets have earned a reputation as the “Sub-zero of the toilet world,” according to the New York Times. They perfectly marry exceptional design with EPA WaterSense-level conservation. The UltraMax II 1G toilet uses a single gallon of water per flush to effectively clear the bowl, and offers an elegant, upscale design to enhance any bathroom renovation. 

Greener design elements

When it comes to other design elements in the bathroom, such as flooring and lighting, it’s easy to find greener options that are also high-end and visually striking.

The cost of quarrying and transporting from point of origin to point of sale can make natural stone less than eco-friendly. Instead, consider using recycled flooring material, such as pebbled tiles made from recycled glass or plain recycled glass tiles.

Reclaimed wood can also work wonderfully in an upscale bathroom, imparting a look that is both rich and rustic. Or, if you prefer newer wood, opt for cork or bamboo; both resist mold and mildew, and repel moisture. And both are among the hottest flooring choices for savvy interior designers.

Finally, improving the electricity efficiency of your bathroom lighting is as simple as replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-sipping LEDs or CFLs. The looks and sizes available in both types of energy-efficient bulbs seems to expand every year, so it’s possible to find one that will fit in any light fixture – turning even high-end luxury lights into eco-friendly, energy efficient options.

3BR/3BA LSU Townhouse in Gated Community

Right on the corner, right on the price! That's this 3 bedroom/3 bath townhome in one of LSU's preferred developments —
Arlington Plantation off Brightside. Every college student would love living in this immaculate home with wood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen, new carpet in bedrooms, fresh paint, immaculate fenced backyard area, and, best of all, located just steps from the bus stop! One bedroom & bath down, 2 bedrooms with private baths upstairs — each with large closets and their own private balcony. By being at the front of the development, convenience is a major feature. Includes 3 designated parking spaces at the front door too! (Units such as this one lease for at least $650 per room or $1900-$2100/month!) Three bedrooms do not come along every day in this preferred community — better grab it today! Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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Baton Rouge, LA 70820
 


Super Cute Home in Gonzales for Sale

The perfect
3 bedroom on a quiet dead-end street in popular
Lake Summerset! Just seconds from Airline Highway and LeBlanc's, this is the place to call home. Open floorplan for today's lifestyle – spacious living room flows to dining area and kitchen. Each bedroom offers great closet space, with master providing a suite feel. Fully fenced large yard is ready for entertaining with two patio areas. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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38263 St. Bart's Court
Gonzales, LA 70737
 


Tips to improve your indoor air quality



You may not think about the air quality in your home because the problem isn’t visible, but that doesn’t stop dust, dander or chemicals from polluting your air. Everyday living generates up to 40 pounds of dust in a six-room house every year, according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association.

Taking steps to clean the air in your home will do more than just improve air quality; it will also save you money. Twenty-five to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted because contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work inefficiently, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If you’re interested in improving the air quality in your home and saving money while you do it, here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Hire a professional to clean your most important asset

Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system literally takes air in and breathes air out. Because of this, keeping your HVAC system and your ducts clean is the most important thing you can do to improve your home’s air quality. “If your ducts look dirty, they probably are,” is NADCA’s advice to consumers.

Have your system serviced by a certified technician. This will not only improve the quality of the air in your home, it will allow your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills.

Make sure to hire a NADCA-certified technician. All members have certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) on staff and they are required to further their education by attending seminars and to adhere to the NADCA code of ethics.

Encourage ventilation

Today’s newer homes are built air tight, making ventilation difficult. The simplest way to encourage ventilation is to simply open windows. In the bathroom, turn on the exhaust fan to stop steam from collecting dirt and keeping it in the bathroom. In the kitchen, place any appliance that creates steam or oily vapor under the stove hood. Finally, make sure vents on the outside of your home are not blocked by leaves or snow as season dictates.

Prevent mold

Mold can be one of the most harmful contaminators of air quality. You’ll find mold in areas where moisture and poor ventilation come together. Vacuum rear grills on appliances like your fridge and freezer to improve ventilation and empty and clean any drip trays to eliminate mold. If you have a leaky pipe in your home make sure it is addressed. Take a tour outside and trim any bushes or shrubs that have grown too close as that proximity can lead to mold and algae.

Replace filters and screens

In the warmer months, clean the area around your air conditioner and repair any vermin screens on your chimney flues that may be damaged. During the cooler months, remove screens from any window that may trap condensation and make sure to change your furnace filter monthly.

Keeping the air in your home clean is just as important as washing the dishes or cleaning the clothes. The first step is to have your heating and cooling systems serviced by a NADCA technician. Once that is complete, follow these tips to maintain your air quality. To learn more about NADCA and how you can benefit from an HVAC cleaning, visit nadca.com/en/faq.

Contemporary Home for Sale in Lakeshore Gardens

Tucked away in the back of the popular
Lakeshore Gardens sits this softly contemporary home. Enter through the double French doors to a view of stunning architectural detail: open floorplan flows to the large kitchen beneath a massive arched entry (the width of the room!). The living room has a wall of windows offering views of the backyard with waterfall, built-ins, granite flanked gas logs, and gleaming wood floors. Beyond the arch is a large 10 foot granite topped raised bar island — perfect for daily activities and entertaining. The dining area off the kitchen has two walls of windows overlooking the backyard and patio area. Stainless appliances, gas cooktop, and cypress cabinets add charm to the kitchen. The master bedroom overlooks the patio area with a seating alcove for your enjoyment, while the master bath has two raised vanities, corner jetted tub, shower and walk-in closet. Two bedrooms share a bath along the opposite side of the home. Upstairs is a large bonus room — for whatever suits your pleasure — media, office, fitness, or even for guests as downstairs there is another full bath! Enjoy life in Lakeshore Gardens with a strong HOA, lake (with ducks) and walking trail for your enjoyment. In the heart of the hustle bustle, but oh so quiet and peaceful. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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Baton Rouge, LA 70809
 

Four Bedroom Home with Office in Woodridge, Baton Rouge

Woodridge at it's finest! Spacious and open with a triple split and stunning backyard with waterfall fountain and large arbored patio! Double arched French doors at entry lead you to the open living/dining/kitchen and breakfast area, all overlooking the backyard through walls of windows. Gleaming wood floors, high ceilings, framed fireplace and builtins grace the living room. The kitchen has an abundance of cypress cabinets (some lighted display), including wet bar/buffet, topped with granite. The island separates the living area and is multi-level – raised and then lowers to chair height. The cook will love all of the work space & storage – including walk in pantry! Off the master wing is a private office or nursery. The spacious master flows to the beautifully appointed master bath with footed cabinetry, lighted curio cabinet to display your treasures, split vanities, corner tub, separate shower and large walk-in closet. So light and bright, you don't want to leave the bath. The front wing provides two bedrooms and bath. Off the kitchen is another bedroom and bath. The best is the enchanting flagstone patio area — covered and arbored, this is the place to watch the sun rise with a cup of coffee, and later enjoy the soothing sounds of the waterfall at the end of a long day. Large backyard is fully fenced. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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8503 Grand View Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
 


Stunning Executive Home off Highland Road in Baton Rouge

PRICED TO MOVE FAST! Some deferred maintenance needs to be cured, but what a great price for this amount of square footage. Executive home in exclusive, gated
Estates at Myrtle Hill located off Highland Road between Staring and Bluebonnet. Exclusive is the hallmark of his neighborhood. Quality is the hallmark of this home. With 5 bedrooms, this home is for the executive lifestyle. Invite your guests to experience the Southern quality lifestyle through exposed Cypress beams, rich brick courtyards overlooking private ponds and fountains, private patio with masonry fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and covered porch off the main kitchen, gourmet kitchen that is beautifully appointed and includes superior appliances, cabinetry and gleaming granite countertops, formal dining area, open keeping area with double-sided fireplace to formal living area, game room/bedroom over garage, 3 addtional bedrooms upstairs on a separate wing, master and guest suite downstairs, guest bath, drop off area, laundry, and pantry. The master suite is on the ground level, overlooking the pond, and offers a spacious master bath suite with gleaming granite appointments and a large walk-in closet. Living, keeping, kitchen, and formal dining all offer views of the private lake and veranda. The balcony encompasses one side of the home and provides outdoor spaces for overlooking the pond. The craftsmanship found in this home is exceptional — and the floorplan provides privacy yet intimacy. For the executive who enjoys entertaining both large and small, creating an experience to remember. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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9631 Myrtle Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70810